Sunday, June 9, 2024

Letter to the Editor: Euphemisms Abound

To the Editor:

We wish to respond to Dr. Barry Perlman’s letter to the editor: “A vote for Medical Aid in Dying is not a vote for suicide” (May 28, 2024) He presents his case well. However, we take issue with his reasoning.

Euphemisms abound about this subject: physician-assisted suicide, death with dignity and physician-assisted dying. No matter how the concept is dressed up, it is suicide by the patient and murder by the doctor. Whoever else has been directly or indirectly involved in the demise of the patient are accessories.

S2245C/A995C, the Medical Aid in Dying Act, must be voted down by our elected state senators and Assembly members. We can guarantee that in the future there will be abuses of this, regardless of limitations put in place in the legal package. 

James D. Dooher

K. Theresa Dooher